Sourwood Tree

Sun And Shade,
Height At Maturity
Over 20 Feet
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5-7 Days
Planting Zones 5-9
Drought Tolerant Plants,

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 Sourwood is a Flowering, Bee Attracting Tree

Sourwood flowers attract bees that produce light to medium-colored honey, which is popular in the south. The sourwood, also known as Oxydendrum arboretum, is a medium-sized deciduous tree native to the Eastern and Southeastern United States. You can find the sourwood from the coast of Virginia to North Carolina, over into Southern Ohio and Indiana, and down to Mississippi and Louisiana.

It has a slow growth rate, reaches a height of 25-30 feet, and can take 12-15 years to reach a height of just 15 feet. This tree has a rounded top and branches that droop, making it appear graceful. Robbinsville, NC, is home to the most massive known Sourwood tree with a height of 118 feet and a trunk 2 feet wide.

Sourwood can be grown in zones 5 to 9 and is a Fantastic Tree in Slightly Acidic Soil (pH 5.5-6.5).

While this tree will do well in full sun or partial shade, its flowers and fall color do best in full sun. It is sensitive to root disturbance and dry, compacted soil. The bark is a grayish-brown color tinged with red and features thick, scaly ridges. Its lumber is used for tool handles and, at one time, was used in wagon sled runners.

This tree has dark green, glossy leaves with an oblong shape. The sheets measure 3 to 8 inches long and taper off into a point. Native Americans once used the leaves in a variety of medicines. In early summer, the sourwood blooms with small, white bell-shaped flowers about a quarter-inch in size that grows at the end of the branches. The flowers give way to small, brown fruit clusters that look like tassels. In the fall, the leaves turn an intense shade of red, purplish-red, or sometimes yellow, making this tree a real showstopper.

These lovely trees acquire their magnificence during the mid-years warmth months.

These trees, unlike numerous others, only sprout once the warmth of summer. The sourwood sprout tree is vast and white, coming in little bunches. These tiny sprouts are fragrant and go with the dark green clears out.

These trees transform into red, yellow, and orange reference points in the fall, looking like living flames. Likewise, these trees deliver tiny dim seeds that can be eaten by flying creatures and give a winter sustenance source. The Sourwood tree develops as high as thirty feet. However, it remains genuinely little.

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Reviews (5)

  • 3
    Wait and see.

    Posted by Mark Lavallee on Jan 25, 2023

    Item met size specifications but had limited branching. Ultimate satisfaction will depend on spring performance.

  • 5
    Sourwood trees

    Posted by Linda Croxson on Mar 09, 2022

    The trees look excellent - robust and healthy. There is a problem, however, with the packaging. The material provided to keep the roots moist was not fastened around them well enough and had allowed the roots of some trees to become completely dry.
    We are planting them anyway and hope for the best, but it is a shame that such healthy, vigorous trees are not shipped with a similar care as is taken in growing them!

  • 3
    Sourwood Tree

    Posted by Gretchen Whitman on Jan 28, 2022

    This tree is most observable during the warmer months of the year. Bees gather around, one of its big attractions.

  • 5

    Posted by Sammy dean on Dec 25, 2020

    They are absolutely beautiful they have white tassel blooms and purple leaves in the fall very exotic and majestic

  • 5

    Posted by Eric Williams on Aug 29, 2019

    This is a wonderful addition to our yard. Looks great where I planted it.

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates
Ships November through April